5 March 2013

Ethiopia: Free Medical Services for Child Delivery

The Ministry of Health has announced that all mothers delivering children in all government health centers and hospitals are to be exempt from any kind of fees related to medical facilities and services including delivery by cesarean section.

The Ministry said the implementation of the directive will begin first in the regional states and then extend to Addis Ababa. The introduction of the free service will have a positive effect in encouraging the practice of hospital delivery and lessen the financial burden on women seeking maternal services. The charge free service will also have a positive role in supporting Ethiopia's efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

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